The Improv Program
This class teaches the basics of the iO style of improvisation as created by Del Close and Charna Halpern.
Here you will build on the teachings of Level 1 while allowing you to discover your strengths; it focuses on character creation, “the group mind” and object/environment work.
This class concentrates on the two-person scene, the anchor of long-form improvisation.
This is where you use all the skills you have acquired thus far in order to create the Harold, the signature long-form structure at iO.
This class looks at other advanced types of long-form improvisation such as the Deconstruction, the Mosaic, the Bat, Close Quarters, the Living Room and more.
The advanced Harold level, here you will probe even deeper into the form, focusing intensely on the acting, editing, and group commitment that it takes to generate a 30-minute piece. There is 1 performance at the end of this level.
This final level allows students to use their newly acquired improvisational skills to create an original long-form show. Performance Class shows run in the Del Close Theater for six or seven weeks after the class has ended.
iO's Writing Program
Talk Show Portfolio
Learn to write jokes (or two-liners) based upon the events of a given week. From this basic skill, the student heightens and explores the process into writing monologues and then onto the more formidable process of creating all the elements for a state-of-the-art portfolio, suitable for submission to a given talk show in pursuit of a TV writing job, or to an agent in pursuit of literary representation.
SNL Sketch Packets
SNL SKETCH PACKETS, is an eight-week course that has as its goal an SNL sketch packet,comprised of at least eight separate sketches, suitable for submission to literary agents, TV producers, as well as SNL itself. Here’s how the course shakes out week-to-week: the student learns to write jokes based on the news, as well as a cold opening sketch (1st week); those jokes are then expanded into two
separate host-type monologues, as if the student were hosting and as if a hero of the student’s were hosting (2nd week); to create a streamlined version of Weekend Update (3rd week); to create
two commercial parody sketches and one digital short (4th week); to write for the live performance of a sketch that parodies an existing TV show, and a current film (5th week); to write a sketch that incorporates an existing character within the current ensemble (6th week); to write a cast scene comprised of five or more characters (7th week); and to prepare for the
student’s live show and to develop a business plan (8th week), toward the goal of getting an agent, etc… that starts with the opportunity for the student to see his or her sketch performed before a live audience.
Sitcom Spec Script
If you want to be a TV writer, you'll need a TV literary agent... and for that, you'll need a Sitcom Spec Script—which is a script, written on speculation of an existing TV comedy. In eight weeks, the student will be taken through the entire process: picking a show in which to spec, creating six separate pitches, developing the best single pitch, outlining the hybrid pitch, writing both a first and second draft and staging a reading in order to receive feedback from a live audience with an eye toward the best final draft possible.
TV Pilot Presentation
This eight week class takes the student from beginning to end with regards to developing all the elements that go into a TV Pilot: the three aspects of a TREATMENT, CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS, EPISODE SCENARIOS, the writing and shooting of a two-minute PROMO, not to mention the writing and rewriting of the Pilot SCRIPT itself. Upon completion of the class, the student not only has a state-of-the-art TV Pilot packet, but also an example of his or her work suitable for submission to a literary agent!
This workshop is good for anyone from the beginner who doesn't feel comfortable singing to the expert who loves to sing. If your goal is to improve, you will. Exercises cover the range from group sonic explorations to solo songs, from rhyming choruses and choreography to truth in comedy with music. The focus is on applying the basic long form tools of agreement and group mind to the realm of music. This is a very organic connection. Finding the games of things, making patterns, keeping a rhythm, and supporting your teammate's moves are essential to good improv and become even more relevant when the stakes are heightened to the point that music becomes necessary. Finding the truth in a moment brings even more rewards. The class will perform a final show in the Del Close theater at the end of the eight weeks.
Combustion and Craft : Creating Solo Material
Shaping inspired choices into unique, dynamic original characters.
First, this class will help you unleash those wonderful ideas that we all have. The thoughts and observations born from our unique lives. Simple, small, inspired ideas.
Second, we’ll develop the idea. Through improv and writing, alone and with the group, working through common pitfalls of cliche, writers block, over-thinking and working too hard.
This class will teach you to trust your gut, your choices, and all those funny things that inspire you.